2011 World Cup Of Softball
July 23, 2011 by staff
2011 World Cup Of Softball, Valerie Arioto fed three runs in six of the 2011 Women’s Softball Team USA Joined National to beat Australia 5-2 on Friday night in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City VI. Americans a 2-0 lead through one quarter, but the Australians fought back, scoring runs individual entries fifth and sixth to tie the game.
Stacy May-Johnson reached on an error and Brittany Schutte was intentionally walked with two outs in Arioto came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth. Arioto then birth to her first hit of the night at the most critical bases clearing triple to right to put Team USA back on top. Then scored with a single to left field by Taylor Hoagland to boost the soundtrack for the final final margin.
“For gracious God, you would like to coach this team with two outs, because the party is not over,” said head coach Ken Eriksen. “We could start with two, but never ending at times, and that’s a good thing. That’s the mark of a good team. Do not worry about the outputs. They worry about the little things. They worry about the task at hand. They are committed to the details. They just do not pay attention to detail, is committed to the details. That’s all you can ask of a young team. ”
Keilani Ricketts got the win in relief. Ricketts threw 1.1 innings, allowing just two hits and Chelsea Thomas before he recorded the final out of the game with the tying run at the plate.
Team USA jumped to a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Rhea Taylor arrived on a bunt single and stole second before coming around to score on a single to right center in May-Johnson. Schutte then turn left to score Kaitlyn Cochran, who had reached on a fielder’s choice before the entry.
Australia cut the lead in half in the top half of the fifth. Verity Long-Droppert singled to second third and advanced to a passed ball before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Michelle Cox. Then Clare Warwick scored on a single to left to cut the U.S. team to 2-1.
Australians plated the tying run in the sixth inning. Back-to-back singles Chelsea Forkin and Brenda De Blaes gave Australia two runners aboard with just one. Team USA starter Jordan Taylor then arose for Ricketts. Pinch-hitter Jodie Stevenson came up with an RBI single to left to score but Ricketts struck Forkin long hitter Droppert and Jade Wall to groundout to end the threat.
Ricketts gave way to Thomas with two outs in the seventh inning with two runners aboard via a walk and a single. Forkin Thomas struck out to end the game and record his second save of consecutive World Cup.
J. Taylor pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, only one earned, on seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven of the 24 batters he faced. Team USA recorded seven hits three different Australian pitchers, but none more important than two RBI Arioto is threefold.
“I had little butterflies, but it was the pressure,” said Arioto. “It was something I wanted. I wanted to get on the stick and do it. I just wanted to relax.”
The return of red, white and blue in action on Saturday with a doubleheader, including Susan G. noon Komen for the Cure benefit game against Canada. Team USA Japan also faces, with the Olympic Gold Medal winning pitcher Yukiko Ueno, at 8 pm Canada has a 2-1 record in the tournament, while Japan is 2-0 after two extra inning wins.
ESPN and issue ESPN3.com Canada and the United States in the play of a one-hour delay at 1 pm CT. ESPN 2 and will issue ESPN3.com Japan and the United States game at 8 pm CT.
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